Mission Performance Claims Ocean Sprint
Published: Friday, 08 January 2016
Mission Performance has claimed the Ocean Sprint bonus points of the Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays in Leg 4 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The crew recorded the fastest time of the fleet crossing in 22 hours and 31 minutes, 29 minutes quicker than the second fastest time recorded by Visit Seattle.
Skipper Greg Miller and his crew made up for lost time after going to the aid of a non-Clipper Race vessel in distress.
Although the Mission Performance team knew it was recording fast speeds through the course, Miller says they didn’t want to presume they would win the two bonus points until it was confirmed.
“We had the wind from the start, whereas the rest of the fleet had the wind from around a third to half way through their sprints. As we were the southernmost boat we probably had the strongest winds but not being with the rest of the fleet I am just speculating!"
The Race Committee has awarded Mission Performance 11 hours and 39 minutes of redress in relation to its diversion, which involved round-the-world crewmember Gavin Reid spending a couple of hours up the mast of the other yacht rescuing a sailor who had been up there for nine hours by the time they got him down.
While Mission Performance remains approximately 80nm behind the rest of the fleet, the redress will be awarded upon the team’s completion of the Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays Race.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire continues to lead the race to Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach. LMAX Exchange has moved up to second place, pushing GREAT Britain down to third, with Garmin and ClipperTelemed+ now in fourth and fifth respectively.
Less than four nautical-miles separate IchorCoal in sixth, Da Nang – Viet Nam in seventh, Unicef in eighth and Qingdao in ninth place.
Given the current positions of the teams and the predicted forecast, it is anticipated the first boats will cross the finish line in Airlie Beach in the early hours of January 11.